‘The Floor Was Shaking Like An Earthquake:’ Shay-la Taylor Survives Labor After Horrific Oklahoma Tornado Hits Hospital

May 23, 2013  |  

While a treacherous tornado was destroying her community, 25-year-old Shay-la Taylor was preparing to give birth to her second child. Although she was unable to watch television, Taylor keep herself  informed regarding the twister by checking her  cell phone for updates. Initiatively, she wasn’t too concerned about the tornado, as cyclone warnings occur pretty frequently in Oklahoma around this time of year.

“We’re used to tornadoes and sirens. If you freaked out every time you heard a siren, you’d have an anxiety attack every May in Oklahoma,” she told the Huffington Post.

Shay-la’s doctors, however, who previously scheduled her to be induced at 9 a.m., were very concerned and wanted to reschedule the procedure. It turns out the new baby didn’t want to wait because Shay-la began to experience contractions. By 2:30 in the afternoon, the baby still hadn’t been delivered. As the tornado began to make its way towards the hospital, a nurse informed Shay-la that they would have to take her husband and 4-year-old son, who were waiting with her in the hospital room, to seek cover in another part of the hospital.

An hour later, the tornado hit the hospital.

“I knew it was headed for the hospital but just didn’t know it would be a direct hit,” Shay-la said.

“The floor was shaking like an earthquake and then I saw the ceiling shaking too. You could see insulation starting to fall. Me and two of the nurses were all just holding hands and praying. My eyes were closed, but you could kind of see daylight. And I opened my eyes and I could see out the wall,” she continued.

Shay-la, who was still in labor, was later transported a nearby hospital with the assistance of the hospital staff and her husband, who carried her to the ambulance.  Thirteen hours later, she gave birth to a little boy, whom she named Braeden Immanuel, which means “God is with us.” Despite having chosen the name months prior, she basked in the irony of it all.

“It definitely fits,” she said.

Braeden’s adorable big brother, later told his Mom to tell God not to make anymore tornados because “He broke the hospital.”


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